3 events we can’t wait for this July


You might be able to dance like an Egyptian, but can you draw like one? Find out at One. Big. Egyptian. Mural., an examination of the epic ancient art that colored King Tut’s court. Kids 5-12 can help create a giant chalk mural in the style of the Egyptians (it moves inside in case of Exodus-style weather), then visit the Egyptian Gallery to see a 17-foot statue of the famous pharaoh, plus mummies and other awesome artifacts.

Free. 10 a.m.-noon. July 5 and 26.

Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago. (773) 702-9514


We wouldn’t be Americans if we didn’t love to celebrate [probably made-up] food holidays. We’re diving face-first into National Cheesecake Day at Eli’s Cheesecake, a tasty tribute to everyone’s favorite creamy dessert. Play Cheesecake Bingo, enter the Cheesecake Eating Contest (bring an empty stomach) and then try the Cheesecake Hula Hoop to burn off all those calories. And of course, you can taste Eli’s legendary flavors all day long–they promise one of their 40 total flavors every hour. We call dibs on Peanut Butter Chocolate!

Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 30.

Eli’s Cheesecake World, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Drive, Chicago. (773) 308-7000


We’re exactly six months away from Santa’s annual visit, so it’s time to dust off those jingle bells and rock around the palm tree. Christmas Eve in July includes a DJ spinning holiday tunes, a Christmas trivia contest and an appointment with the Big Guy himself (we’re guessing he’s traded in his red suit for a Hawaiian shirt and swim trunks). Stick around for some fun reindeer games with Rudolph and the gang.

$11, $9 kids 3-15, free kids 2 and under. 1-5 p.m. July 24.

East End Pool, 463 Schiller, Elmhurst. (630) 993-8986

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